And today is really beautiful. Just beautiful. Breezy, cool, blue sky, quiet. A thoroughly serene morning out in my backyard. It was a wonderful start to a brave, new day.
I was supposed to do an editing job for a client all afternoon, but it got cancelled. So, you know what this means, right? I have an ENTIRE day off.
Well, that doesn't count the 80 pages of reading I have to do in my textbook today about Paul's epistles. We are getting into that area of the "disputed" epistles -- the ones that are thought not to have really been written by Paul. And I have to say, that now that I've been studying them to even the small degree I have, I can suddenly see that these disputed ones seem to be glaringly not written by Paul. But who really knows? (I have taken 3 DVD courses now taught by Bart Erhman, and once you have been exposed to him, you can never see Christianity in the same way again, ever -- even if you are in a traditional Christian university, studying for the ministry.) (Hence my choosing to be ordained in the Open Ministry.)
Anyway... I have really wandered far afield from the title of today's post. Yesterday was refreshing, because I had a lengthy phonec hat (A "phonec hat" is a new kind of "phone chat" wherein you wear high-tech headgear that provides complete privacy while you chat, sort of like Get Smart's cone of silence from days of yore...) Okay, okay. I had a phone chat with a woman from a new cat rescue organization who is seriously trying to help me re-locate the entire rescued family to a high quality feral sanctuary a few hours from here. She has a couple different leads. She also explained to me that my 8 cats have formed their own colony now and will probably have to be re-located as a group.
I will be heartbroken to see them go because Tom, Huckleberry, and Becky and all their many kittens, have been a huge part of my life for over a year now, but it will also be refreshing to have my life back -- just in time for my move to a new house. Plus, I believe they will be happier someplace where they can still be together but have complete access to the outdoors if they want it. I will have to steel my heart against the sorrow of telling them all goodbye. The cat rescue lady said that they can transport the cats for me, if it will make it easier when the time comes. I just don't know. In 1966, my parents took us to see the movie, Born Free, and I sobbed like crazy when they had to set Elsa free in the wilds... Naturally, I sing the movie's theme song to the cats all the time now. Bittersweet for me, but they don't seem at all fazed by it.
Meanwhile, today, here & now, life is beautiful and we are all still here, together -- eleven of us; albeit, one dying from cancer. But we are still here. Kiss the joy as it passes, as they say.
[A lengthy but lovely orchestral arrangement of the song, "Born Free")
Born free, as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart
Live free and beauty surrounds you
The world still astounds you
Each time you look at a star
Stay free where no walls divide you
You're free as the roaring tide
So there's no need to hide
Born free and life is worth living
But only worth living
'Cause you're born free
(c- Don Black/John Barry)
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